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A phobia is a strong but irrational fear of something specific — usually an object, a situation, a person, or an experience.
Having a phobia is not uncommon: According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 12.5 percent of U.S. adults will experience a phobia at some point in their lifetimes.
The most effective treatment for phobias is psychotherapy. This involves working with a specially trained therapist to change your beliefs about the feared object or situation in an effort to manage your emotional response.
This article will take a closer look at the types of therapy that can help treat a phobia and how to find the right therapist.
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